Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013
The use of cellular phones while driving has been banned in New Jersey since 2008; however, it still remains a concern four years later. “Enforcing the cellular phone law has become particularly important due to the seriousness of those activities”, stated Police Chief Guy Armour. “What seems like a harmless practice has potentially lethal implications”.
The Department of Transportation indicates that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million accidents a year, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute states that of all cell phone-related tasks - including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone - texting while driving is the most dangerous and is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated. “The evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible…texting while driving is a dangerous, and potentially deadly activity,” stated Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis.
Nationwide initiatives have been implemented to combat the practice of texting while driving, including a powerful video released by AT&T titled “The Last Text”. The video (which is featured on Plainsboro Television Channel 3/26), highlights the potential effects of texting and driving as told by victims, survivors, and law enforcement officers who have had to deal with texting while driving-related tragedies. The Plainsboro Township Police Department conducts proactive enforcement and education of motor vehicle laws. “As a community, we have a responsibility to each other to look out for the safety and well being of our neighbors and visitors,” stated Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis.